‘I am a match for any man’ – The White Queen, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope we all got over ‘Blue Monday’ (the 3rd Monday in January – apparently it’s the most depressing day of the year) and didn’t have too much snow during the week! I’ve had an up and down week, but I am back to feeling better! Hooray!
This week’s tele came around a little differently than normal. I saw a trailer for the new STARZ tv show The Spanish Princess

The Trailer for The Spanish Princess – The Spanish Princess, STARZ, 2019

… and then remembered that there were other STARZ shows in the vein of Reign (semi-historical romance dramas – right up my street!) So I went out of my way to find copies of The White Queen (this weeks review) and The White Princess (a future review). Without further ado, let me tell you about The White Queen!

King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth, expecting another child. Was it a girl? – The White Queen, BBC/STARZ, 2013

The White Queen is set in the War of the Roses – a time when Britain was divided by two houses both vying for power. It revolves around the women who were influential in it; Elizabeth Woodville of York – who marries Edward to become Queen, Margaret Beaufort of Lancaster – Mother to Henry Tudor, and Anne Neville, who changed sides from York, to Lancaster, to York – wife of Richard III – each manipulating things to go their own way. Although the series is called The White Queen, it adapts 3 of Phillipa Gregory’s books – The White Queen (focused on Elizabeth), The Red Queen (focused on Margaret) and The Kingmaker’s Daughter (focused on Anne Neville). It begins in 1464, 9 years after the beginning of the war, and finishes in 1485. With no spoilers to be wary of, as it’s actual history please find a brief recap of the history here.


King Richard III and his wife Queen Anne Neville – The White Queen, BBC/STARZ, 2013

People should know by now, I love a good historical drama. See my reviews of shows like Outlander. Give me a period outfit, with corset and braided hair any day!
I love the conflict in them, and kind of feel like I’m learning stuff all at the same time. As with a lot of these shows, things move through time quite quickly, and the adults don’t age – so their children end up looking the same age as they do. The acting is quite good, and I do feel immersed. I never find that STARZ shows have ‘bad’ acting. Sometimes eye-rolling plot, but the actors are never the reason for that. I am excited to watch the sequel, The White Princess and The Spanish Princess after that!

Have you seen The White Queen? What did you think Are you as into period dramas as I am?

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“Which one of you is my Grandad’s girlfriend?” – Trust, 2018

Good afternoon, Monday-ers! How are we all this week? I hope well! I’ve had my first week of my PGCE, which means that I am officially a trainee-teacher, woo! But this does mean I’ve had less time to watch and read things than I would have liked – it’s all been tiring! Therefore, what I’m reviewing I admit to not having finished. I am half way through. This is unlike me, and I hope it won’t happen again. But I just had to talk about it! So, without further ado, I bring you Trust, a story about the Getty kidnapping. It’s a bit shorter than my usual reviews, but that’s purely because I’ve not seen all of it.

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John Paul Getty III getting kidnapped – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

Before I begin this review, I think I should explain the kidnapping itself. John Paul Getty III was kidnapped in the in Rome when he was 16. He had toyed with the idea of getting himself kidnapped by petty criminals but he changed his mind because both of them started getting work modelling for photographers. He was blindfolded, transported, and imprisoned in a cave. The kidnappers issued a ransom note demanding $17 million in exchange for his safe return. When that message arrived, some family members suspected that the kidnapping was merely a ploy by Getty III, as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his wealthy grandfather.

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Donald Sutherland as Getty Snr. I think he really looks the part! – Trust, FX/BBC, 2018

I have really enjoyed watching this show. I am engrossed with all of it. From what I’ve heard it does a better job than the Scott movie adaptation, but this I need to watch. Perhaps when I’ve done that I can give a comparative review of both.
Where I’m at currently at in the show is a little… boring? It’s the explaining of how he was captured, but I feel like it’s too explanatory. I think it would have been better to see most of the story from Gail’s (Getty III mother) perspective in this part. We’ve seen her going crazy over it, but I feel like we should know what she’s doing more to get Getty Snr’s attention. I am hoping it picks up later on, when we see his body parts being cut up and sent back to his family – to show that the kidnappers are not joking.
The acting is superb though. Even though there has been a few slumps in pacing, I’ve not felt like I haven’t engaged with any of it. I want to find out what happens next. I mostly want to see how it ends – How Getty III came back to his parents and grandfather, how his grandfather lived his last three years of life, if anything else crazy happens to them! I wasn’t alive when this originally happened, so I can’t wait to find out what does!

If you can get on to the BBC iPlayer, I really recommend watching it. I know it was on FX in America, but am unsure where you can see it there. But please do! It’s well worth the watch!

[Header: Trust, FX/BBC, 2018]